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Daily Bears Report 9/15

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Patrick Levels leads the No. 21 Bears with 17 tackles in their first two games. Volleyball dominates with a straight sets sweep over LSU.

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Volleyball

The Bears dominated LSU in a straight sets sweep yesterday. Baylor Bears dot com has the story, highlights and stats.

Baylor volleyball (7-4) drilled out a 3-0 sweep over LSU (5-5) on the road, 25-22, 25-19, 26-24, at the Maravich Center.

BU bounced back from an 8-6 deficit, running off an 8-0 run to take control of the set, at 14-8.

Fighting off a late push by LSU, the Bears outlasted the Tigers to take the first set, 25-22.

In the second, with the teams squared at 1-1, the Bears took an even bigger run, rattling off a 10-0 stretch to take control of the set.

Leading 24-14 with a set point, BU again had to fight off a late LSU push, ending a 5-0 Tiger run with a kill by Katie Staiger, taking the second set, 25-19.

In set three, LSU was in control early, leading by five at 13-8. With a 7-1 run by the Bears, BU was able to regain the lead, taking a 15-14 lead.

The teams traded points into the late stretch of the set, with the Tigers climbing back to force a set point, leading 24-23.

A kill by Staiger and a setting error on the Tigers put the Bears back in front, 25-24, setting up a match point.

The Bears forced LSU to push an attack wide for an error, clinching the sweep with a 26-24 third set win.

Women’s Tennis

Five members of the Baylor women’s tennis team are set to play in the Bush’s $50,000 Waco Showdown Wildcard event at the Hurd Tennis Center on Sept. 16-18. Baylor Bears dot com has this story.

Senior Blair Shankle, sophomore Karina Traxler, freshman Jessica Hinojosa, junior Theresa Van Zyl, and sophomore Elizabeth Profit will compete in the 10-player single elimination tournament, which also includes four junior players and senior Sami Budai from Iowa State.

Play is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m. (CT) on Friday and at 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Men’s Golf

Baylor men’s golf tees off Friday at the Fighting Illini Invitational which will run through Saturday and into Sunday. The tournament is held at Olympia Fields Country Club in Illinois. Jordon Smith with the Baylor Lariat has the story and player information.

The Bears start this season as the 24th ranked team in the country. Head coach Mick McGraw said he looks forward to traveling to Olympia Fields.

“Well, it’s one of my favorite places in all of golf,” McGraw said. It’s a beautiful, old golf course. Old style, huge trees — it’s big boys golf. It’s a great, great golf course.”

“The membership gets behind the tournament, and they run one of the best tournaments in college golf,” McGraw said.

Football

Baylor DB Patrick Levels is proving his worth. John Werner of BearsExtra has this story.

Levels leads the No. 21 Bears with 17 tackles in their first two games and forced two fumbles in last weekend’s 40-13 win over SMU. The fifth-year senior’s enthusiasm has been contagious as the Bears defense has gotten off to a great start.

“He’s just a ball of fire,” said Baylor quarterback Seth Russell. “He brings a lot of energy. He wants to be put in those situations where he can make great plays. Pat did a really good job of stepping up and doing the things he needed to do – rush the quarterback and get the ball on the ground.”

The Baylor coaches will face a dilemma when Blanchard returns for the first road game against Rice at 7 p.m. Friday in Houston. Coach Jim Grobe indicated Baylor will try to find a way to get both Levels and Blanchard on the field as much as possible.

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